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Message from the refugees after the death of our brother [Calais, France]

Calais. France. Last Tuesday, September 28, Yasser, a young Sudanese man died at the French-British border. Despite his grief, his family chose to bury Yasser’s body in Calais. Yasser’s relatives and members of the Sudanese community in Calais have written the following letter, available in French, Arabic and English (scroll down for the French and Arabic version).

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France – UK: This border kills! One person dead and one feared missing at sea after shipwreck last Thursday

France. UK. Last Thursday (August 12, 2021) an Eritrean man died after he was recovered from the channel when the boat he and others were traveling to the UK on sank. One other person is feared missing at sea. The details are unclear and questions remain about how the authorities responded and what they will do to search for the missing person. What is clear is that once again the racist border system build up by European states to restrict the free movement of Non-Europeans has taken more lives. Below we summarise the information we currently have and call for the abolition of this lethal border.

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Calais Migrant Solidarity: The State expands the C.R.A (Detention Center to secure deportation) of Lesquin to lock up more and more people!

France. People have been looking for border profiteers around the extension of the Lesquin retention center and published their findings.

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Collective tribute to Mohamed Zacharia: The end of a dream

France. On November 19, 2020, on the A16, a young 20-year-old Sudanese lost his life and all his dreams. He was our compatriot, our brother, our friend.

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#UK: Border Securitisation in the Channel

Article by Thom Tyerman and Travis Van Isacker. This post was written in conjunction with activist networks working against the UK border regime in Northwest France, including Watch the Channel, Calais Migrant Solidarity and Calais Research. Thom and Travis research UK border securitisation and have written previously on the eviction of migrants’ homes and other everyday practices of segregation in Calais.

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#Calais Migrant Solidarity: Update Supporting people in Detention

France. For everyone who has close ones in deport centers or who would like to support the people who are victims of the racist incarceration of those who don’t have the “good” papers, here is a short guide to supporting people in detention in France.

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Revolts and conditions in detention centres across #France

France. Since 11 April, people have been revolting in several detention centres (CRAs) across France (and of course in other places, like Belgium). People locked up in CRA Mesnil-Amelot (Paris) had occupied and blocked part of the building. In Vincennes (Paris),  a fire started. Prisoners in Oissel (Rouen) have declared a hunger strike. Beginning March, people have been actively resisting the conditions in detention centres during the time of confinement and detention in itself.

Image above. Archive image: 2008 Vincennes CRA on fire.

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#Coronavirus: Housing and evictions in #Calais, #France

Calais. France. April 2, 2020. For more than two weeks now, France has been on lock-down. With most French people unable to leave their homes, migrants in Calais are still being evicted from theirs. Human Rights Observers in Calais have counted 45 evictions since March 17th. A police union, Synergie-Officiers, has called for an end to these daily evictions, but the department and prefecture still insist they continue.

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#Lesquin, #France: “We’d rather starve than die of this shit!“

Lesquin. France. March 15, 2020. In these days of panic because of the COVID-19 (corona virus) outbreak, there has been as many different reactions as many different people.

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